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Anne Dublin

Photo: Errol Young 2015

Although I've written several biographies, it's hard for me to write my own life story. Where do I begin? My parents were Holocaust survivors who came to Toronto after World War II. Because we were very poor, there was no money to buy "extras". So I grew up in a house without books. But stories? There were lots of stories that I loved to hear, especially about the "old country".

Eventually, I dicovered the public library and that opened up a whole new world for me. I read books in the biography section about famous people like Alexander Graham Bell and Florence Nightingale. I also loved the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery, Nancy Drew mysteries, fairy tales, and even Superman comic books. Although I liked writing in school, I never thought I'd become a writer.

When I became an adult, I got married and had three daughters. I taught English and French at elementary schools for many years. But I still didn't think of myself as a writer.

But when my children were young, I began to read to them and invent stories. Soon I was going to storytelling evenings and eventually I took a couple of storytelling courses. I began to fall in love with stories all over again.

After I told one particular family story, I wanted to write it down. That story became an important scene in my first novel, Written on the Wind. Now that I've been writing for over ten years, I can't imagine my life without writing.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

A Cage Without Bars. Second Story Press, 2018
44 Hours or Strike!. Second Story Press, 2015
Stealing Time. Dundurn Press, 2014
Odyssey Through Hell: Escape from the Warsaw Ghetto. WeMakeBooks, 2014
The Baby Experiment. Dundurn Press, 2012
The Orphan Rescue. Second Story Press, 2010
Dynamic Women Dancers. Second Story Press, 2009
June Callwood: A Life of Action. Second Story Press, 2006
Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life. Pearson Education Canada, 2005
Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything. Second Story Press, 2004
Written on the Wind. HodgePog Books, 2001

Awards

Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth Literature) for 44 Hours or Strike!, 2016
U.S. National Jewish Book Award for The Orphan Rescue, 2010
IODE Violet Downey Book Award for Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, 2005
Norma Fleck Honour Book For Canadian Children's Non-Fiction for Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, 2004
Canadian Jewish Book Award for Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, 2005
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

PowerPoint presentation, illustrating research e.g. people, places, information

Anecdotes about writing and research

Reading passages from book

Q & A

Presentation Length:
50-60 minutes
Genre:
historical fiction or biographies
Grades:
4-10 (varies according to book)
Audience size:
10-60
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$125-$225
Two sessions:
$$225-$450
One session:
$$
GST:
GST not applicable